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China angry as Nobel Peace Prize goes to jailed dissident

Beijing criticizes award but Obama praises it and calls for Liu's release.

A translation of Charter 08, available online,  has gathered thousands of signatures around the world.

The Dalai Lama welcomed Liu's award as "the international community’s recognition of the increasing voices among the Chinese people in pushing China towards political, legal and constitutional reforms."

The Buddhist leader said: "I believe in the years ahead, future generations of Chinese will be able to enjoy the fruits of the efforts that the current Chinese citizens are making towards responsible governance."

The Dalai Lama said he is encouraged by a recent statement in which Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said that freedom of speech is indispensable for any country and the people’s wish for democracy and freedom is irresistible. The Dalai Lama said reforms "can only lead to a harmonious, stable and prosperous China, which can contribute greatly to a more peaceful world." He called on the Chinese government to release Liu.

The news of the Nobel has sparked renewed interest in Liu's statement issued before his Christmas Day sentencing last year: "I have no enemies, and no hatred. None of the police who monitored, arrested and interrogated me, the prosecutors who prosecuted me, or the judges who sentence me, are my enemies," stated Liu.

"For hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation's spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and block a nation’s progress to freedom and democracy." Liu said he hoped to "defuse hate with love."